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Photographer of the Year

Yorkshire Photographer claims Photographer of the Year award

Wow!!! What a weekend.

The Guild of Photographers put on an awards evening this Saturday just gone (7th February) to celebrate everyones achievements throughout 2014. I was lucky to be nominated for a couple of awards, but I was completely amazed to take the big one in my area of work. I WON Photographer of the Year in the Newborn & Baby Category!!! Its really not an easy award to achieve, To win I had to show consistency over the year as its down to how many points you score over the year. I didn’t even start entering until April so I had some catching up to do too!!

Theres some amazingly talented photographers in the Guild, it was brilliant to see other photographer’s work on show, meet the judges and owners of the Guild. I was over the moon when my name was called out for the next 2 awards. I took the Image of the Year for the Newborn Category (I got runner up image too!!) & Image of the Year for the Children Category.

Award Winner, People

Photo thanks to Rachael Foster Photography


The awards ceremony is such a brilliant part of the year. Being a photographer is such a change to my last job working in the hustle and bustle of an office and workshop full of people. At times as a photographer it can often be quite a solitary job, so getting together with lots of like minded creative people is amazing, being able to share in everyone’s success and inspiration. The Guild is such a friendly and supportive organisation and I’ve made some really great friends through it.

Just last month I submitted some of my images to be judged to become Qualified in Newborn’s & babies with the Guild. I got the news pretty quickly that I’d passed and should look at submitting for my Craftsman. Now I know attainting your Craftsman isn’t an easy task, you really have to reflect on your work, go over and over it all again, look at all those tiny details. You have to submit a ‘Panel’ of images and it all has to flow and work together. I spent hours and hours reviewing everything I’d done, looking for that all important flow. Usually this is something you’d work on over a course of months, but I had 2 weeks!!!!!! After rushing round everywhere, getting it printed, mounted, and handed in, it was now just a waiting game! To say I was a little nervous before the awards night is an understatement (ask my friends!!!) The day of the awards ceremony came, feeling rather anxious, waiting all day. I was actually late for the ceremony (thanks Sam!) and walked into a room full of people looking rather dapper in their suits and the ladies totally rocking their dresses all sat down listening to Steven Thirsk (founder of the Guild) give his speech. Time to find my place and sit tight! I actually couldn’t wait, so when things settled down I was off to find Steven and his team to see how I got on!!! I was so relieved to say I’d PASSED and achieved my Craftsman. The first and only male to hold this Qualification in Newborns & babies. Proud is an understatement.

You can see just how tough it was by looking at all the winners here:

Some of my winning images can be seen below:

Baby Photo near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Newborn, Prop, Rob Mank Photography

Golden Award winning baby photo near Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Baby Photo near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Newborn, Prop, Rob Mank Photography

Golden Award winning baby photo near Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Outdoor Baby photo, composite taken near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Rob Mank Photography

New baby photo composite shot near Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Baby, Newborn, Outside, Woodlands, Stream, River, Composite, Photo, Photo Shoot, Rob Mank Photography

It really is amazing to get recognition for my work, I never visioned having such a successful career in such short time. I really do have the most amazing people round me, my family, my friends and most of all my lovely clients.
If you’re interested in a newborn session please get in touch, I’d love to have a chat about photographing your portraits:


  • Carli Adams - I could not be more proud of my amazing friend xReplyCancel

  • Dagmara Shannon - Congratulations again! To be honest I’m not surprised as your work is absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Tomcat Lynch - Congrats Rob, amazing work..ReplyCancel

  • Nina Mace - Such a well deserved win Rob your photos are fantastic – I cant wait to see what you do in 2015!! Great to meet you in person on Saturday too :-)ReplyCancel

  • Toni Mank - I’m so proud, I know how hard you have worked, how much time you dedicate to pursuing the perfect image. I listen to how you make mums feel at ease, the time you spend soothing grizzly babies, encouraging shy toddlers who really don’t want their photos taken. I know just how important it is to you that families have a lovely experience and that you give them beautiful images to treasure . Rob you truly deserve these awards, well doneReplyCancel

  • Jessica Wilkins - amazing work Rob , well deserved for sure xReplyCancel

  • Sam Hayward - Many congratulations Rob, great work and good to meet you finally.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley Chalmers - Fantastic work, Rob – congratulations! That was such a great day – only a week ago? Craftsman in the morning, multiple award winner in the evening :-)ReplyCancel

  • Donna Gray - Congratulations Rob, always admire your amazing work.ReplyCancel